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August Online MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Remote, Hybrid or In-Person Teaching for the General Music Teacher & More


August 10-September 6, 2020

Course Code



0 - 1 Graduation Credit


$199 or $355, due in full with registration


COVID-19 has presented teachers with the challenge of teaching with technology. The next academic year may very well bring about a sea change in the way music instruction is delivered. This course is offered as a preparation for that possibility and as a means to provide meaningful instruction using relevant technology. We will review versatile apps that can be powerful tools to ensure that purposeful play remains at the core of music education, even as the integrity of the music curriculum is maintained. Teachers will explore, learn and demonstrate understanding of these apps by creating customized lessons, engaging activities and assessments for their students. The apps covered in this course include Seesaw, iMovie, Acapella, YouTube, Google Slides, PowerPoint, Smart Notebook, Padlet, Flipgrid, Quizizz and Chrome Music Lab, Edpuzzle, among others.

Attendance at weekly Zoom sessions is strongly recommended, however, recordings will be made available for teachers who have conflicts.

1 Graduate Credit
Course Code TBD
$355, due in full with registration

No credit
Course Code TBD
$199, due in full with registration


Chat Session

Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. CST



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Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


manju durairaj

Manju Durairaj

General Music

Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master’s degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is vice president elect DEI of AOSA, past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Instructor. She is a certified Arts Integration specialist. She is on the Elementary General Music Council of IL Music Education Association. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and elementary methods graduate and undergraduate courses. Her continuing teaching education courses, on campus and online, include Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching and Learning for 21st Century. She is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.

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